About the book

Great War Portraits is a photographic record of veterans Keith Collman met on trips to the battlefields, visits to their homes and at reunions compiled over the last twenty-five years.

The book includes over forty veterans. Each portrait has a brief description of their service, many with touching and intriguing short stories from their wartime experiences and the meeting with the photographer.

An extract from Great War Portraits

Rolls of Honour were produced in the aftermath of the Great War, remembering the dead, many with portraits and details of their service. Great War Portraits remembers the survivors. Men and women who lived into old age, unlike many of their contemporaries. The veterans included took part in some of the most historic battles and campaigns of the Great War: Ypres, Gallipoli, Loos, the Somme, Arras, Messines, Salonika, Passchendaele, the Middle East, Italy etc. Their experiences are wide and varied, such as: serving with the BEF in 1914, releasing gas at Loos, receiving gallantry awards, being shot down in the Royal Flying Corps, being wounded, made a prisoner of war, nursing in Salonika, enlisting when 15 years old. Included are the final three British veterans, all died in 2009, William Stone, Henry Allingham and Harry Patch. Fittingly the final photograph in the book was taken at the funeral of Harry Patch as his coffin was carried into Wells Cathedral. Keith Collman has taken on the Publishing of this book, ensuring that these men have a place in history. There are two sizes of photographs, a single page are 12 x 18 cm and a double page spread are 30 x 20 cm. The book is printed to the highest specification, in terms of reproduction, paper and printing. Printed by one of the prominent photographic book printers in Europe, EBS of Verona, Italy.

Book Specification: Hard cover, dust jacket, 251 x 251mm, 108 pages, 83 doutone photographs.

Print Specification Cover: 3mm boards wrapped with Coalux black cloth with blind embossed stamping on front and spine. Dust cover: 135gsm, GardaPat Kiara, matt laminated. Text pages: 150gsm, GardaPat Kiara. Slipcase: 3mm boards wrapped with Coalux black cloth with blind embossed stamping on front and spine.

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